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DEA bans chemicals in "bath salts" and "plant food"

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The Drug Enforcement Administration says its using its emergency powers to control three synthetic stimulants used to make “bath salts” and “plant food.”

Friday’s announcement makes the processing or selling of Mephedrone , 3,4 methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and Methylone , or products that contain them, illegal in the United States. It classified them as a Schedule I, under the federal Controlled Substances Act, which means they have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use.

The ban will remain in effect for at least one year while the DEA and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) conduct a study to decide if the chemicals should be permanently controlled.

The interest in these chemicals has grown in recent months, officials say. They are marketed under such names as “Ivory Wave”, “Purple Wave”, “Vanilla Sky” or “Bliss,” and are made up of a class of chemicals that mimic the drugs cocaine, LSD, MDMA, and/or methamphetamine.

“This action demonstrates our commitment to keeping our streets safe from these and other new and emerging drugs that have decimated families, ruined lives, and caused havoc in communities across the country,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “These chemicals pose a direct and significant threat, regardless of how they are marketed, and we will aggressively pursue those who attempt their manufacture and sale.”

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